Bios: The Ones Your Students WANT To Read!

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Journey Trilogy Giveaway – Contest Closed

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Aaron Becker’s wordless picture books are an invitation to create your own story. He wrote about his view of wordless books and engaging kids with building and making in his guest post: “With… Continue reading

The Best Present You Can Give: A Guest Post by Aaron Becker

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We here at Mackin have been thinking a lot about makerspaces, creativity, and hands-on education in schools and libraries recently, so we are especially delighted with this guest post from Aaron Becker, creator… Continue reading

Best Friends Forever

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I love a good friendship story. From picture books to teen fiction and everything in between, I have a particular weakness for the stories that portray deep and lasting friendships. I brought this… Continue reading

Sneak Peeks at Upcoming Upper ES/MS Fiction

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One of my favorite things about my job here at Mackin is receiving advance reader copies (ARCs) from our publishers. In fact, the last cart of books brought to my desk contains ARCS… Continue reading

Review: Gilded Cage

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I read Gilded Cage a few months ago when I received the ARC here at Mackin. Now that it is finally being released next month, on the 14th, I wanted to share my… Continue reading

Class Novel: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Aspects of a great class (or group/book club) read: Strong themes Intriguing discussion points Tough aspects of life faced by teens daily Multi-cultural Page-turner As I was recently devouring Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything,… Continue reading

On Being the New Kid

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It isn’t easy to be the new kid. I know that from personal experience. I attended six different schools in five states before 7th grade, so there was a part of me that… Continue reading

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo Giveaway — Contest Closed

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Do you have a weak spot for escapist fiction? Perhaps you are a head-in-the-clouds sort of person who always has a fantasy novel stashed in your bag. If so, I expect you related… Continue reading

Imaginary Worlds: A Guest Post by Drew Weing

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We may be trying some new things on Books in Bloom this year as you saw in Zack’s post last week, but one thing is certainly staying the same: regular author/illustrator guest posts.… Continue reading